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Agreement and disagreement

Both Jim Risch and Larry LaRocco came out in favor of the Idaho wilderness bills proposed by Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson for the Owyhee Canyonlands and Boulder-White Cloud mountains, respectively, during a debate tonight on KTVB-TV. Rex Rammell, an independent candidate for the same Senate seat Risch and LaRocco are seeking, opposed both, saying, “I’m on Bill Sali’s side when it comes to the environment – or most of the other issues, by the way.”

Risch said his seven-month term as governor proved he can bring about change. “This country needs an overhaul. I’ve done change before. I know how to do change – I’ve been successful at change,” he said. LaRocco said he’d bring “true balance” to the congressional delegation. Rammell said, “I did not leave the Republican Party, they left me and millions more conservatives just like me.” Pro-Life said, “The reason we are in this mess is because we have turned our back on God. If I were elected, of course I would speak up for God.”

LaRocco, who has held numerous debates with Rammell which Risch declined to attend, assailed Risch for skipping the traditional League of Women Voters-Idaho Press Club debate that’s scheduled for this Thursday night, to be broadcast live across the state on Idaho Public Television. Four of the candidates, including Libertarian Kent Marmon, will participate, but Risch thus far has declined. Risch also skipped an earlier debate at the College of Idaho that featured the other four candidates. Risch, who debated the others a week ago in Lewiston, said, “This is our second, we’ll have another one a week from today. I hope you’ll all join us.” The forum he’s attending next week will take place during a Meridian Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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